Blog, Blogroll, Friends

Blogroll Readings

So, seen the new Blogroll categories yet? XD Take a look at them now!

This post is inspired by a post that [Pelfy] did titled, “To Blogroll or Not to Blogroll.” Blogrolls used to be a way to keep in touch with other bloggers, before RSS feeds became really common. After [Raz] helped me move to this domain, I started playing around with my blogroll. The reason for it was simple, actually. If you’ve been to [Lainie]’s blog, you’ll see that whenever she enters a name, their blogs/sites are automatically linked. Not sure if it still applies now, but that was one of the first things I wanted to do once I saw that function at work. Yes, I admit that it’s partially because it looks cool, but another reason is that it also brings publicity to writers I love and like.

So, to get that same function, I installed the Blogroll Autolinker. When I insert a name in a post, the plugin will search for the corresponding name and link it from my blogroll. As you saw earlier, it works! However, before I could use it though, I needed to first create a blogroll. I did that by importing my current blogroll from my Google Reader feeds. Once the import was done, I modified the blogroll by categorising them according to name and deleting inactive blogs and those I believed should not be there.

After creating the blogroll though, it looked too cluttered (still does, but at least the clutter has organisation. And that makes it cool, I tell you! *Smacks the writer* Sorry about her going off-track readers. Thank you for your patience. -Naoko- Itai….). So I turned to [Edrei] for help, as I liked the way his blogroll was organised (in a separate page entirely) and I couldn’t figure out how he did it (There’s also the fact that [Edrei] is one of the undisputed Gurus of WordPress). It was he who told me that I could actually create categories for my blogrolls, organising them much better than before (I apologise for the amount of head-smacking you must have done, Edrei).

As you can see, I’ve divided them into 4 different categories, namely Thick N Thin, Healthy Reads, Friendly Writers and Close Relations. Thick N Thin refers to friends and are made up of people whom I’ve actually met in real life. Healthy Reads, on the other hand, are people whom I haven’t met before or in a long time. They often make for some very interesting reads. Some are also blogs who write about certain causes that I support, such as [Manuscripts Don’t Burn] and [Nat].

Then there’s Friendly Writers. These are NOT blogs of Friendly Writers but are rather sites where stories are dumped so they don’t clutter the normal blog page (and as you guys can guess, this doesn’t quite apply to me :P). There are only three, but of the three, [Izzu]’s has the most (being the fanfic writer that she is), [Luc]’s the least and [Ghost Punque Border Prose] should be read for the sheer hilarity in it. Bear in mind though, that it’s still unfinished and [DMJewelle] has not given any indication that she’ll continue. The characters are recurring in some of her other works though.

Finally, Close Relations. These are people whom I either feel close to, trust deeply, care for greatly, or simply blood relatives. [Onger] is my cousin sister, while [DMJewelle] makes a good sounding board (when I need to be taken down a peg or two or just need a clearer perspective, thanks Dimmie!), [Philipp] is my adopted “Onii-chan” or elder brother, while [Nick] and [Raz] are people whom I still care for. Especially Raz but that’s another matter entirely.

So, that’s a just a brief rundown of blogs I read and the rationale behind my blogroll. Categorisation of the blogroll is not for my benefit, but for readers who are looking for something to read or browse. Also, the blogroll is still being modified, and I’m looking forward to the time when I can just have everything on a single page instead of lengthening the sidebar. That asides:

How do YOU organise your blogroll and what’s your rationale for it? Is it for you, for your readers? Why so?

Have a good day, everyone!

Note: This is also to test whether the Blogroll Autolinker will work with posts I send from Google Docs.

Blog, Blogroll

Blogroll test

Don’t quite like how the blogroll is coming. I prefer [Edrei]’s way where his blogroll showed several categories, among them the WordPress crew and people who simply flyby. Then again, like [Pelfy], I don’t really use the blogroll to read blogs. That’s what my Google reader’s for. :P

I wonder if the plugin will work like how it does for [Lainie]’s Blog.

Edit: YES IT DOES! So I shall now say:

Heroes in Singapore update, read [Philipp]’s post for more info! That’s all, and take care!

Blogroll, Challenges, Interesting stuff

GET TI TO THE UN!

Reposted with permission.

Yesterday I posted about the 4th Annual Youth Assembly at the United Nations in August, a global event that links young leaders with each other and with prominent people in social change, to learn about culture, leadership, and international issues, as well as work on UN resolutions and youth projects. Previous participants Girls and Boys Town program graduate Sharnise and National Society of High School Scholars member Daniel Sayani have written up reports on their past experiences, citing it as a positive, educational, and life-changing experience.

I have applied to be part of this year’s Youth Assembly, and I need help. To get the full experience of the Assembly, including the Leadership Seminar and the New York tour (amongst others), I need to sign up for a Travel Package. This package costs US$2300 (RM7952) and includes seminars, tours, accommodation, meals, inter-NY transport, as well as exclusive meetings and workshops. I also will get voting rights on UN resolutions to be presented by Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in October.

I’m fundraising for the package fees, and I’m including an extra challenge:

If I get at least US$2300 by the end of July, I will donate RM1000 (USD$289) to UNICEF Malaysia.

If I do not make it for any reason, I will donate what I get to UNICEF.

I will be blogging about my Assembly experiences at EducateDeviate during the trip. I am also considering setting up a Sponsor’s Thank You event to talk about my experiences and to allow UNICEF Malaysia to promote and fundraise for themselves. (This is subject to negotiation.)

Support Me

You can support my journey in the following ways:

FINANCIALLY
Support UNICEF - Get Tiara To The UN! and make a donation at www.pledgie.com !

This button will lead you to my Pledgie page, where you can make a donation (named or anonymous). All donations will lead to my PayPal account, which I will use to pay the Travel Package fees. You don’t need a PayPal account to contribute; credit cards work fine. The RM1000 that’s going to UNICEF will come out of my own pocket. Any money I get above and beyond the US$2300 will go towards UNICEF.

Every dollar helps. Even if you can only spare $1, that’s fine. It all adds up, and either way, UNICEF gets money.

IN-KIND
You can also sponsor me through providing the following:

  • Plane tickets, preferably Brisbane – New York – Brisbane or similar – I’ll be in university at the time (Aug 8 – 18), and the Travel Package doesn’t include travel to and from New York. If you are from an airline or know someone from an airline that’s willing to help out, let me know!
  • Airline miles – I’m an Enrich (Malaysia Airlines) member and have some miles, though not enough for a NY roundtrip.
  • Digital camera – I don’t have one. On loan is fine; I’ll return it safe and sound.
  • Business cards or MOO Cards – to distribute to networks during the Assembly. I’ve got some but not many!
  • Souvenirs of Malaysia – to give away to people during the Assembly (here’s a great marketing opportunity!)
  • Anything else that may be handy – I already have some things (like a laptop and a phone) but if you can suggest anything else, that’s fine.

If you are providing something in kind, please also consider contributing financially too.

PROMOTIONAL
For this to work, more people will need to know about it. PASS IT ON! Use the following links:

This entry: http://educatedeviate.wordpress.com/2007/06/27/support-unicef-get-tiara-to-the-un/

  • Pledgie Page: http://www.pledgie.com/campaigns/224/
  • Feel free to email this to anyone and everyone you know, post it on blogs/forums/websites/etc, or write up about it in your press articles. I do kindly ask that you don’t spam anyone with this information: make sure it’s relevant to the place you’re posting it to.

    What Do You Get?

    By sponsoring me, you will:

    • Be linked to in a special Thank-You post on EducateDeviate, with information about your services (if applicable)
    • Have the opportunity for you and your products to be promoted to a global audience (if providing in-kind support)
    • Be invited to a tentative Sponsor’s Thank-You event, where I will share my experiences and promote UNICEF
    • Be associated with supporting youth, the United Nations, and global leadership initiatives
    • Be mentioned in any article written about the experience, if possible
    • Receive plenty of good karma

    If you have any more ideas of what you’d like as a sponsor, comment here or let me know.

    The Youth Assembly is less than two months away and I need to pay up very quickly to retain a seat. I stand by my pledge to support UNICEF no matter the outcome. Please support me in this challenge and support UNICEF too.

    If you have any questions or comments, comment on this entry or contact me.

    Thank you and have a great day!

    Blogroll, Health, Personal

    Please help!

    Passed on Yvonne:

    Hello there.

    When I saw the news of this baby in yesterday’s The Star newspaper, my heart broke in an instant and I was at the brink of tears.

    Tze Thean’s father is appealing for donation from the public to save the love of his life, his newborn baby who is suffering from a complex congenital heart disease and needs RM100,000 to undergo immediate corrective surgery.

    I felt like giving all of my medical fund to save the life of this baby who still do not have the chance to experience life. Survival and hearing restoration is vital to me but the life of this baby is very precious as well. What a lovely gift from God who do not deserve to die.

    Yet I can’t simply give away my money because they aren’t mine, but given to me out of goodwill from the public and plentiful of hardwork by people who believe in my cause.

    I would very much like to help this family myself, but I owe responsibility to the public to keep this fund for my own medical expenses.

    Since I can’t do it myself, would you please help me? I don’t mind if you choose not to buy a t-shirt or two from me, and donate to this baby instead.

    After all, the baby’s need is much more acute than mine at the moment.

    Those wishing to help can send cheques payable to Penang Adventist Hospital Heart Patient’s Fund with Ch’ng Tze Thean’s name written at the back.

  • The cheques can be sent to Penang Adventist Hospital, 465, Jalan Burma, 10350 Penang.
  • For inquiries, call the hospital at 04-2227603/6 or e-mail: foundation@pah.com.my.

    Thank you so much! We owe you our lives.

    Original Post
    p/s: If you have a blog or a group of kind and generous friends, please help spread the word and save a life. Thank you so much!

  • Blogroll, Health, Links

    PIMPAGE!

    Yvonne’s Tees are on sale.

    This petite, small, but power-packed cili padi has not given up on life, despite her condition. In face, it would be fair to say that she’s lived far more to an extent than most of us would. (Excluding Tiara, but that’s another matter entirely).

    So why am I pimping her suddenly?

    Go here to find out. ^_^

    And if you must know, yes, I’m getting some for myself as well. ^_^